Smoke billows from an out-of-control bushfire in a nearby residential area in Harrington, Australia. Recently, two of the country’s states have declared a state of emergency due to three days of dangerous weather conditions. KELLY-ANN OOSTERBEEK/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES QUEENSLAND – Two Australian states recently declared a state ofemergency as bushfires bring a “catastrophic” threat to the heavily populatedareas of the nation’s east. The “catastrophic” warning is in place across the greater Sydney areaand regions to the city’s north and south.(BBC) In NSW, the blazes have scorched 970,000 hectares of land and destroyed150 houses. Nine homes have been razed in Queensland. Over 120 bushfires are burning across the two states. At least three people were dead and thousands were displaced by threedays of dangerous weather conditions in New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland,officials said.